No Man Is An Island
Aristotle said “Man is by nature a social animal”. With the advent of social media and networks, this adage has been established a hundred times over. Paradoxically, however, despite the plethora of social networks that populate cyberspace, loneliness and isolation abound in the urban jungle. Humans crave social interactions by nature and denying oneself of human contact, either by choice or by force, may have far-reaching consequences beyond the obvious. Apart from one’s emotional state of mind, physical well- being may succumb as a result of extended periods without relevant social contact. More recently, a study demonstrated that loneliness or social isolation may need to be taken seriously as risk factors for heart disease.
No Man Is An Island
A person as a child depends on his parents, as a student on his teacher, as a friend on his friends to share his sorrows and joys with, as a believer on his faith, as a patient on a doctor, as a driver on transport, as an athlete on his coach and as a worker on his boss. Even countries survive through interdependency let alone a man.
It is possible to live without the internet, in this world, but not without humans. Communication is one of the biggest assets a person holds, no matter how happy a person feels he will never feel content at heart unless and until he communicates and shares his happiness. We are all people of the same globe and if one thing happens to one person, it ultimately affects the others around him. For example, a common man might not have any attachment to his current ruler but the death or resignation of that ruler will somehow affect his life. A new ruler will come, he will change the policies and rules, and directly and indirectly, as a citizen, the man will have to respond to the new commands.
Maybe we are living in one of the busiest eras where people do not take out much time for each other but, not to forget, this is the era where diseases like depression are common and at its peak. Now, why in the century, where we have almost every luxury, people face a mental health issue. According to Psychology, one of the main reasons for it is the feeble relationship ties. People spend much of their time with their phones and work where they feel physically enjoyable but emotionally isolated.
An analysis shows that people who use most platforms (seven to 11) contain the risk of depression and anxiety three times more (odds ratio of 3.08 and 3.27, respectively) than people who use the least amount (zero to 2 platforms).
Similarly according to a 2010 report in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior ‘Not only do strong social ties boost the immune system and increase longevity, but they also decrease the risk of contracting certain chronic illnesses and increase the ability to deal with chronic pain’
No person is born without a purpose. Being global citizens or believers of God, all people have some duties toward their society or state. For instance, a doctor has his own duties, a ruler has his own, a teacher has his own, etc. and not a ruler can perform the duties of a doctor, nor can a doctor behave like a teacher and vice versa.
Even the greatest of powers ruling the world need others. Ask yourself, ‘Can a king survive without his army? Can a queen live without her maids? Can a ruler survive without his people who elect him? ‘. No never! No matter how strong a man is, how much money he owns but if he lives alone and devotes all moment to the fulfillment of needs, even that will not suffice him. Man is the only creature to be gifted with the ability to communicate. A man is never self-reliance, in one way or other he is a part of a family, a village, a society, and all these things equally contribute to his path of progress. Either for materialistic desires or for knitting of human relations, a man needs a community or society. As Aristotle once said, ‘Man is a social animal. He who lives without society is either a beast or God’. We, the humans of the same globe, are intertwined and our actions affect the people around us in one way or other.
As John Donne once said,
‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent’.
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